New Zealand – Wake of Cyclone Victor Causes Flooding in Auckland

The North Island of New Zealand has seen heavy rain and thunderstorms over the last 2 days as former tropical cyclone Victor sweeps past the country.

Yesterday, almost 50 mm of rain fell in the Auckland area, causing some surface flooding in suburban areas. Auckland airport recorded 46 mm of rain in 24 hours, according to New Zealand Met Service. Normally Auckland would see around 66 mm for the whole of January.

Flooding was reported in the suburbs of Papatoetoe, Mangere and Otahuhu. Local emergency services responded to 16 flood-related calls between 19:00 and 20:00 (local time) on Wednesday 27 January 2016. No injuries or evacuations have been reported.

Gisborne Region

Earlier today, New Zealand Met Service issued a warning for further heavy rain for the Gisborne region. The warning said:

A compact low, formerly Cyclone Victor, is moving southwards and should pass just east of the Gisborne Region today. This low is forecast to bring heavy rain to the Gisborne region and places east of Wairoa until late this afternoon, for which there is a Severe Weather Warning in force.

New Zealand Met Service said that, by early 28 January, over 100 mm had fallen in some places in Gisborne, with a peak intensity of 30 mm/h early in the morning, and further 60-90 mm expected to accumulate there. They added:

People are advised that rain of this intensity has the potential to cause surface flooding, and streams and rivers may rise rapidly.

Gisborne suffered major flooding in September last year when 97.2 mm of rain fell in 24 hours. Roads were blocked and drivers left stranded.